About the Authors
Sarah Greenough is senior curator and head of the department of photographs, Philip Brookman is consulting curator, and Andrea Nelson and Diane Waggoner are associate curators of photographs, all at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Leslie Ureña is assistant curator of photographs, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
This catalog accompanies the National Gallery of Art exhibition Photography Reinvented: The Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker. Photography Reinvented brings together 35 works by 19 critically acclaimed artists who, through innovative experimentation and visionary conceptual scope, have changed the course of contemporary photography.
From the seemingly objective, straightforward style and large-scale, vibrantly colored prints of famed Düsseldorf school photographers Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Thomas Struth, and Thomas Ruff to works by groundbreaking contemporary artists, including Thomas Demand, Vik Muniz, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Catherine Opie, Photography Reinvented traces the aesthetic, technical, and philosophical shifts of the art form during a period of substantial change. Some of the artists, such as Sherman and Demand as well as Muniz and John Baldessari, explore the nature of photography as a medium that appropriates imagery from mass culture and other sources. Others, such as Höfer and Struth, have reassessed iconic works of art and architecture, revealing the relevance of the past in our present lives. And all of these artists have made large-scale prints that create new and strangely destabilizing experiences of space for their viewers.
In an age when photography can no longer claim documentary veracity as its raison d’être, Photography Reinvented examines the medium’s redefinition, repurposing, and reimagining.
- 10 x 12 inches
- 106 pages, 71 illustrations
- Published: 2016
"Photography Reinvented assembles exemplary pictures by artists who defined the rise of monumental color photography in art museums and the art market alike, and in so doing redefined the role of photography in contemporary art." —Mitra Abbaspour, coeditor of Object:Photo. Modern Photographs: The Thomas Walther Collection 1909–1949